How to Start Barbecue Business in Nigeria

Barbecue is increasingly becoming popular demand delicacy in Nigeria thereby making barbecue business a lucrative one. Starting a barbecue business can be an exciting venture for those who are passionate about grilling and cooking delicious, smoky meats. Barbecue, often referred to as BBQ, is a popular method of cooking that involves slow-cooking meat over an open flame or using indirect heat, often accompanied by flavorful marinades, rubs, and sauces. 

If you are passionate about cooking barbecue and plan to open a barbecue business, or intend to integrate it in restaurant menu, or in your catering service, in this article, we will reveal to you the steps to help you get started with your barbecue business. 

Market Research/ Feasibility Study

Conduct thorough market research to understand the demand for barbecue in your target area. Analyze your competition, identify gaps in the market, and assess the preferences of potential customers.

Business Plan

Create a detailed business plan that outlines your business structure, target market, pricing strategy, marketing plan, and financial projections. A well-thought-out business plan will serve as your roadmap for success.

Business Registration

Register your barbecue business as a legal entity with the Corporate Affairs Commission, either as a limited liability company, or business name depending on your preferences or financial capability.


Obtain all the necessary permits required to operate a food business in your intended state, or local council area, which may  include health permits, food handling licenses, and environment safety permits. This may not be applicable to all state. Find out if such permits are necessary where you intend to start barbecue business.


Choose a strategic location for your barbecue business. Consider foot traffic, visibility, and proximity to your target market. Get a location that has parking space.


Buy high-quality barbecue equipment, such as grills, smokers, and commercial kitchen appliances. The type and size of equipment will depend on your business scale and menu offerings.

Menu Development

Ingredients Decide on the types of ingredients that will make up your menu. Source fresh and high-quality meat, as well as other ingredients, to create your barbecue menu. You may consider offering a variety of meats, such as beef brisket, chicken, fish, and sausages, to cater to different tastes.

Recipes and Flavors: Experiment with various rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces to create signature flavors for your dishes. Unique and flavorful offerings can help set your barbecue business apart from the competition.

Food Safety

Ensure compliance with food safety standards and regulations. Set up proper food handling and storage practices to maintain hygiene and quality.

Marketing and Branding

Brand Identity

Develop a strong brand identity, including a catchy business name, logo, and consistent visual elements. Your brand should reflect the essence of your barbecue business.

Online Presence

Create social media accounts to establish a presence on social media platforms. You can also create a website. Utilize these channels to promote your barbecue business, share mouthwatering images of your dishes, and engage with potential customers.


Offer special promotions, discounts, and loyalty programs to attract customers and encourage repeat business.


You can run barbecue business all alone if you’re starting very small, but if your starting medium or big, as your business grows, you may need to hire staff to assist with food preparation, customer service, and other operational tasks.

Staff Training

Ensure that your staff members are properly trained in food handling, customer service, and maintaining the quality of your barbecue dishes.

Barbecue Ingredients and Recipes

Barbecue recipes can vary greatly depending on regional preferences and personal tastes, but here are some common ingredients used in barbecue dishes:

Meat: Choose your preferred meat, such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, or even fish. Popular choices include ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, and sausages.

Barbecue Sauce: A crucial element of barbecue, you can use store-bought sauces or make your own. Common ingredients in barbecue sauce include ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and various spices.

Dry Rub: This is a mix of spices applied to the meat before cooking to add flavor. Typical dry rub ingredients include salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and brown sugar.

Marinade: If you want to infuse the meat with additional flavors and tenderize it, you can use a marinade. Common marinade ingredients include soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, and spices.

Wood or Charcoal: For traditional barbecue, you'll need wood chips or charcoal to create smoke and add that distinctive smoky flavour to the meat.

Vegetables: Some barbecue dishes incorporate vegetables, such as onions, bell peppers, corn, or mushrooms, which can be grilled alongside the meat.

Buns or Bread: For sandwiches, you'll need buns or bread to serve the meat.

Side Dishes: Common barbecue sides include coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and greens.

Condiments: Offer condiments like pickles, hot sauce, and sliced onions for people to customize their sandwiches or plates.

Refreshments: Don't forget to have some cold drinks on hand to quench everyone's thirst during the barbecue.

Remember, barbecue is a flexible and creative cooking style, so feel free to experiment with different ingredients and flavours to make it your own!

Starting a barbecue business requires dedication, hard work, and a passion for great barbecue. By following these steps and continuously striving to improve your offerings, you can build a successful and thriving barbecue business.

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